McGranahan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Many variations of the name McGranahan have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as Mac Raghnaill, which means son of Raghnal. Raghnal is a personal name equivalent to Randal or Reginald.

Early Origins of the McGranahan family

The surname McGranahan was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the McGranahan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGranahan research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1625, 1657, 1717 and 1725 are included under the topic Early McGranahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGranahan Spelling Variations

People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname McGranahan that are preserved in archival documents are McRannell, McReynolds, Reynolds, Grannell, Magranill, MacGrannell, MacRaghnald, MacRanel, McRanel, MacRannal, MacRannel, MacRanell, MacRanall and many more.

Early Notables of the McGranahan family (pre 1700)

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United States McGranahan migration to the United States +

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the McGranahan name:

McGranahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas McGranahan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [1]
  • Eliza McGranahan, aged 28, who immigrated to America, in 1894
McGranahan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Cassie McGranahan, aged 22, who landed in America from Tyrone, in 1905
  • Sarah McGranahan, aged 21, who landed in America from Donegal, in 1906
  • Kate McGranahan, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Donegal, Ireland, in 1907
  • Bessie McGranahan, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Ballerena, Ireland, in 1910
  • James McGranahan, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McGranahan (post 1700) +

  • Carole McGranahan, American author and scholar at the University of Colorado
  • James McGranahan (1840-1907), American musician and composer
  • James McGranahan, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1889 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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